My father was a minister before me. He once wondered aloud what ministry did to a person's mind. For one thing, he said, he had to remember thousands of words for a sermon each week, only to delete them for the next week and start again. I have wondered about it, too. Ministers have a unique outlook on the world, through various experiences: their access to places people don't usually see, their knowledge of sins people don't (ever) reveal, their experience at the heart of spiritual warfare, and so on. OBSERVATION: I think it has a profound influence on ministers, which one sees most clearly, I think, in the characters of the New Testament.